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Henry Gray at the piano
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, blues pianist Henry Gray has performed for more than seven decades, having "played with everybody from the Rolling Stones to Muddy Waters." He has more than 58...
Delores Churchill is a Haida master weaver of baskets, hats, robes, and other regalia. Using such materials as spruce root, cedar bark, wool, and natural dyes, she creates utilitarian and...
Nuestra Señora del Pueblito de Queretaro (Our Lady of the Village of Queretaro) bulto by Charles M. Carrillo
A trained archaeologist, Charlie Carrillo developed his interest in santeros during a research project in the late 1970s. He explained, "As I read through documents I was fascinated with all...
Presentation of 2006 NEA National Heritage Fellowship awards at a September 14 ceremony in Washington, DC, clockwise from top left: Nancy Sweezy receives her award from U.S. Representative Ed Markey;...
Treme Brass Band
A celebration was underway as members of New Orleans's Treme Brass Band paraded through the aisles of the Music Center at Strathmore. The audience enthusiastically joined in, jumping to its...
Barry Bergey with Mavis Staples
"The class of 2006." That's the way Mavis Staples described herself and the other distinguished recipients of our nation's highest form of federal recognition of folk and traditional artists, the...
<p>Riley "B.B." King performs more than 250 concerts each year. Photo credit: Michael P. Smith</em>
Although Riley "B.B." King wanted to be a preacher or a gospel singer, he grew up to be a legendary bluesman whose distinctive economical phrasing, precise bent notes, and unique...
A mosaic of images
In February of 1978, the Folk Arts Program was established at the NEA, three years after Bess Lomax Hawes became the Arts Endowment’s specialist in the field. Under her leadership,...

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